That’s a LOT of trees! The study looks great:

Mapping tree density at a global scale

The global extent and distribution of forest trees is central to our understanding of the terrestrial biosphere. We provide the first spatially continuous map of forest tree density at a global scale. This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. Of these trees, approximately 1.39 trillion exist in tropical and subtropical forests, with 0.74 trillion in boreal regions and 0.61 trillion in temperate regions. Biome-level trends in tree density demonstrate the importance of climate and topography in controlling local tree densities at finer scales, as well as the overwhelming effect of humans across most of the world. Based on our projected tree densities, we estimate that over 15 billion trees are cut down each year, and the global number of trees has fallen by approximately 46% since the start of human civilization. - Nature

HAITI, KENSCOFF : Women walk with donkeys that are carrying vegetables from the fields of the La Visite National Park in the commune of Kenscoff, on September 1, 2015,  near Port-au-Prince. Haiti currently has lost  ninety-eight-percent of its vegetation, due to the uncontrolled cutting of trees for the use of wood and charcoal production, which in Haiti is the main source of fuel in the houses. The soil erosion from deforestation has become a serious problem mainly for agriculture.  AFP PHOTO/HECTOR RETAMAL                        


Mystical Photos of Illuminated Forests in the UK by Ellie Davies

Ellie Davies enchants us with surreal portraits of forests that glow with mystical fairy lights and ominous waves of mist.  The London-based abstract photographer creates her captivating shots in natural areas throughout the UK. With the woods as her canvas, fireflies appear to illuminate desolate clearings, and cascading showers of stars dust dramatically lit patches of trees. Davies creates the dreamy illusions by combining photos of the natural world with images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.Davies says she likes to explore images that juxtapose human and natural elements, calling attention to the sharp divide between personal identity and interconnectivity. She does this by positioning out-of-place elements within the context of her landscapes.

“Forests are potent symbols in folklore, fairy tale and myth, places of enchantment and magic as well as of danger and mystery.  In more recent history they have come to be associated with psychological states relating to the unconscious,” the artist says. “Against this backdrop, my work explores the ways in which identity is formed by the landscapes we live and grow up in.”

the signs + forests

Aries: a forest on fire
Taurus: a forest with sunlight peeking through the trees
Gemini: a forest chirping with animals
Cancer: a quiet, wet forest
Leo: a rainforest
Virgo: a forest or evergreens
Libra: a forest in the early morning
Scorpio: a dark forest at midnight
Sagittarius: a misty forest covered with giant green leaves
Capricorn: a forest under a rainbow
Aquarius: a flooded forest
Pisces: a forest covered with leaves